In Celebration of

Réal Bordeleau

April 21, 1937 -  October 19, 2018

Réal (Ray) Georges Bordeleau

(Retired Sgt of the Canadian Armed Forces)

Resident of Ottawa, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the age of 81 years at the Ruddy Shenkman Hospice Care Ottawa. Ray was born in Montréal on April 21, 1937 to parents Georges Bordeleau and Simone Bordeleau (née Verette) and was one of four children: brother André (deceased), Gilles, and sister Claudette.

He lived in Montréal until he joined the Canadian Air Force and lived and raised his family in various military postings including Bistroff, France; Baden-Solingen, Germany; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Sioux Lookout, Ontario; North Bay, Ontario; Valcartier, Quebec and finally Ottawa, Ontario. Ray was predeceased by his wife Réjane (“Janot”) Rivard and together they had three daughters. He will be sadly missed by his daughters: Linda Bordeleau (husband Paul Gawryluki); Chantal Bordeleau (partner Calvin Thompson); and Sylvie Bordeleau (partner Jim Armstrong). Ray’s five grandchildren will remember him fondly: Blair Wilson; Zachary Prenner; Matthew Prenner; Olivia Vale and Ethan Vale. He will be greatly missed by his partner of many years, Joanne Brydges and the many friends he cultivated during his 34 years in the Armed Forces and with The Commissionnaires for the last thirty years where he worked until March of this year.

A reception to celebrate his life will be held at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery, and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa on Thursday, October 25, from 1pm to 4pm. There will be Words of Remembrance shared at 2pm.

The family extends special thanks to the nurses at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Carleton Place Hospital and the entire staff and volunteers of Hospice Care Ottawa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice Care Ottawa or Heart & Stroke Foundation, or any charity of choice.


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Brigitte Beaulne (Good friend confidant his barber for many yrs.)

Entered October 21, 2018 from Ottawa

I will miss your company, every 3rd Saturday morning at 9am sharp.
You had the biggest heart in the world. It was sad to see him in such a difficult situation the last time I went and your hair at the hospital, but at the same time you made me smile, we did have a good laugh.
From your abituary that I've just red, you have made this world a better place. You will never be forgotten. Johanne had a special place in your heart,and I felt that from the first time I met her.
Sweet dreams my friend.
From your friend.

Lorraine Boucher (CMRE)

Entered October 22, 2018 from Gatineau

J offre mes sympathies à toute la famille et bon voyage à toi Ray .

Yvette Martineau (collègue de travail)

Entered October 22, 2018 from Gatineau qc

Je souhaites mes sympathie à toute la famille Bordeleau, j'ai travailler aux Terrasses de la Chaudière du début de l'arriver de Ray et je le remercie d'avoir fait parti de ma vie, c'est une grosse perte pour moi car je l'appréciais beaucoup et il avait le tour de me faire rire. Je garde dans mon Coeur toutes ces belles années passé avec lui.

Tu me manque déjà.


Patti Andrews (A friend)

Entered October 23, 2018 from Ottawa

Dearest Ray, I miss you. Ray was the first face I saw every morning. I miss our discussions, BS sessions and your advice. Over the years I got to know Ray as much as he would let me know him as he was a very private man. Ray was a sounding board and a very kind man. I would help him with google maps when he would go on vacation especially the visit to his daughter in Picton, Ontario which was my place of birth, he loved the wine tour, lol. I only got to know his three lovely daughters and his grandchildren by his words but he was pretty proud papa and grandfather. Ray spoke of losing their mother so young, and I could see the memories in his eyes when she came up in conversation. We talked about the armed forces as my dad was in the forces as well. We shared pictures, vacation stories and of course hockey. I hadn't seen Ray for a while and enquired as to his whereabouts and was given the very sad new that he had a stroke but I did not know the severity. I was to visit him in the hospital and kept putting it off and this I do regret. To Ray rest in peace my friend your job is done and thank you for being my friend. xoxo Patti

Steve Peters 

Entered October 23, 2018

Very sorry for your loss Chantal

I never met your dad but it seems like he had a great life and affected many others. Hope you and your family are doing the best you can right now


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